Modality
Melia (Joseph)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Amazon Book Description

  1. This introduction to modality places the emphasis on the metaphysics of modality rather than on the formal semetics of quantified modal logic.
  2. The text begins by introducing students to the "de re / de dicto" distinction, conventionalist and conceptualist theories of modality and some of the key problems in modality, particularly Quine's criticisms.
  3. It then moves on to explain how possible worlds provide a solution to many of the problems in modality and how possible worlds themselves have been used to analyse notions outside modality such as properties and propositions.
  4. Possible worlds introduce problems of their own and the book argues that to make progress with these problems a theory of possible worlds is required.
  5. The pros and cons of various theories of possible worlds are then examined in turn, including those of Lewis, Kripke, Adams, Stalnaker and Plantinga.

BOOK COMMENT:

Photocopy of complete book filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 11 (M2: Me+)".



"Melia (Joseph) - Introduction to Modality"

Source: Melia - Modality, 2003, Chapter 1


Sections
  1. Modality
  2. Modality in Practice
  3. Modality in Theorizing
  4. Modal Scepticism and Modal Anti-Realism
  5. Paraphrase
  6. Anti-Realism
  7. Strengths of Modality
  8. Possible Worlds


COMMENT: Photocopy of complete book; Filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 11 (M2: Me+)".



"Melia (Joseph) - Modal Language and Modal Logic"

Source: Melia - Modality, 2003, Chapter 2


Sections
  1. Quantified Modal Language
    • 1.1 QML: a Precise Modal Language
    • 1.2 QML: Some Concerns
    • 1.3 Expressive Limitations of QML
      … 1.3.1 Numerical Quantification
      … 1.3.2 There Could Have Been Other Things than There Actually Are
      … 1.3.3 Modalized Comparatives
    • 1.4 First-Order Quantification over Possibilia
      … 1.4.1 Numerical Quantification Revisited
      … 1.4.2 “There Could Have Been Other Things than There Actually Are” Revisited
      … 1.4.3 Modalized Comparatives Revisited
  2. Modal Logic
    • 2.1 A Perplexing Plethora
    • 2.2 Argument and Abstraction
    • 2.3 Model Theory: the Basics
    • 2.4 Model Theory for Modal Languages: an Intuitive Heuristic
    • 2.5 Model Theory for Modal Languages in Six Easy Pieces
    • 2.6 Validity
    • 2.7 The Philosophy of Model Theory


COMMENT: Photocopy of complete book; Filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 11 (M2: Me+)".



"Melia (Joseph) - Quinian Scepticism"

Source: Melia - Modality, 2003, Chapter 3


Sections
  1. Intensionality and Compositionality
  2. Referential Opacity
  3. Essentialism and Quantifying-In
  4. Transworld Identity and Essentialism
  5. Conclusion


COMMENT: Photocopy of complete book; Filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 11 (M2: Me+)".



"Melia (Joseph) - Modalism"

Source: Melia - Modality, 2003, Chapter 4


Sections
  1. Introduction
  2. There Could Have Been Things that Don’t Actually Exist
  3. There Could Have Been More Things than There Actually Are
  4. Beyond the “Actually” Operator
  5. Competing Theories of Notational Variants
  6. Conclusion


COMMENT: Photocopy of complete book; Filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 11 (M2: Me+)".



"Melia (Joseph) - Extreme Realism"

Source: Melia - Modality, 2003, Chapter 5


Sections
  1. Realism about Possible Worlds: Methodological Preliminaries
  2. The Metaphysics of Extreme Realism
  3. Transworld Identity
  4. Modal Paradise
  5. The Incredulous Stare
  6. Missing Possibilities?
  7. Unacceptable Ontological Extravagance
  8. Primitive Modality in Extreme Realism
    … 8.1 Plenitude
    … 8.2 The Possibility of Alien Properties
    … 8.3 A Model-Theoretic Argument against Completeness
  9. Conclusion


COMMENT: Photocopy of complete book; Filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 11 (M2: Me+)".



"Melia (Joseph) - Quite Moderate Realism"

Source: Melia - Modality, 2003, Chapter 6


Sections
  1. Moderate Realism
  2. Possible Worlds as Sets of Propositions
  3. Possible Worlds as States of Affairs
  4. Combinatorialism
    … 4.1 The Problem of Incompatible Properties
    … 4.2 The Problem of Alien Particulars and Properties
  5. The Return of the Incredulous Stare
  6. An Argument against Quite Moderate Realism
    … 6.1 Selection is Internal
    … 6.2 Selection is External
  7. Conclusion


COMMENT: Photocopy of complete book; Filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 11 (M2: Me+)".



"Melia (Joseph) - Possible Worlds as Sets of Sentences"

Source: Melia - Modality, 2003, Chapter 7


Sections
  1. Introduction
  2. Missing Possibilities
  3. Haecceitism
  4. A Solution
  5. Objections
  6. Conclusion


COMMENT: Photocopy of complete book; Filed in "Various - Papers on Identity Boxes: Vol 11 (M2: Me+)".



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